Tom MacArthur

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Tom MacArthur
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHofstra University
Websites
Campaign website
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Tom MacArthur is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014.

Biography

MacArthur graduated from Hofstra University, and has worked in the insurance industry since graduation. He and his wife founded the St. Peter’s Sandy Relief Fund in order to bring aid to families who were suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of MacArthur's academic, professional and political career:[2][3]

  • 2013-2014: Mayor of Randolph, NJ
  • 2012-2013: Deputy Mayor of Randolph, NJ
  • 2011-2014: Randolph Township Republican Councilman
  • 1999-2010: Chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group, Inc.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

MacArthur's campaign website explains:

"Tom MacArthur is a self-made businessman running for Congress to be a leader in promoting policies that spur job creation and empower people; that ensure our recovery and renewal in the wake of Sandy; that strengthen Social Security and Medicare for our seniors; that provide our military the tools they need to defend our freedom in a dangerous world; and that honor the service of our veterans and their families when they come home." [4]

—Tom MacArthur, http://www.tmac4congress.com/about/

Controversy

Lawsuit against Lonegan

The Republican primary between MacArthur and Steve Lonegan became one of the most brutal battles of the 2014 election season. In his campaign, Lonegan attacked MacArthur's insurance company, York Risk Services Group, for underpaying or denying payment to wildfire victims in California. The claimants had sued MacArthur's insurance company.[5] Chris Russell of the MacArthur campaign responded, “They’ve come up with three claims out of a million. There are lawsuits in the insurance industry. Those claims were dismissed, and they were all settled after Tom left the company."[6] In response to Lonegan's negative advertising, MacArthur sued the Lonegan campaign for defamation, to which Lonegan responded by stating in a press release, "It's this kind of bullying and strong-arming of people that's downright despicable and has no place in this race."[5] Lonegan also released another campaign ad, entitled "Wildfire," in which another alleged victim of the insurance company criticized MacArthur. MacArthur's lawsuit included Lonegan and six members of his staff, one of which was a single mother named Liz Curtis. In a press conference, Lonegan attacked MacArthur further, saying, "I ran against Cory Booker, and I respect him. He’s an Obama liberal and doesn’t hide from that. But I don’t trust Tom MacArthur. I don’t trust anyone who would sue a single mother. You don’t do that."[6]

Elections

2014

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See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

MacArthur is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 3rd District. MacArthur won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom MacArthur 59.7% 15,261
Steve Lonegan 40.3% 10,314
Total Votes 25,575
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

MacArthur has received the following endorsements. See MacArthur's website for a list of elected officials who have endorsed him.[7]

  • Ocean County Republican Party[8]
  • Burlington County Republican Screening Committee[9]
  • Cinnaminson Mayor Anthony Minniti, Deputy Mayor John McCarthy and committee members Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Donald Brauckman and William Young[10]
  • Rep. Jon Runyan (R)[11]
  • The U.S. Chamber of commerce[12]
  • Former Rep. Jim Saxton[13]
  • Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr.[14]
  • The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC[15]

Media

  • Steve Lonegan's campaign released a negative ad against MacArthur, accusing him of being a liberal who raised taxes as mayor.[16]
  • MacArthur responded with an ad defending himself against the accusations and, in turn, accusing Lonegan of raising taxes.[17]
  • In May 2014, Lonegan released another ad attacking MacArthur, stating that MacArthur's insurance company wrongfully denied payment to wildfire victims in Los Angeles.[18]

Lonegan campaign accuses MacArthur of being a "liberal"

MacArthur defends himself against Lonegan's negative campaign ad

Lonegan 2014 campaign ad attacking MacArthur

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are MacArthur's reports.[19]

Tom MacArthur (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 9, 2014$0$2,001,075.00$(251,804.72)$1,749,270.28
Running totals
$2,001,075$(251,804.72)

**Included in the total contributions are two personal loans from Tom MacArthur: $1 million incurred on January 3, 2014, and $1 million incurred on March 31, 2014.



Personal

MacArthur has three children with his wife, Debbie. Their daughter, Grace, passed away at the age of eleven.[2]

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References

  1. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed April 1, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tom MacArthur for Congress, "About," accessed April 7, 2014
  3. Randolph Reporter, "MacArthur leaving Randolph; Set to pursue seat in Congress," accessed April 7, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Huffington Post, "GOP House Candidate Steve Lonegan Sued By Rival For Defamation," accessed May 27, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Politicker NJ, "CD3 Update: Lonegan lashes out at MacArthur, calls him a 'monster'," accessed May 27, 2014
  7. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "List of Elected Officials in the Third Congressional District Endorsing Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
  8. Asbury Park Press, "Ocean GOP backs Tom MacArthur for 3rd Congressional seat; Lonegan nearly shut out," accessed April 7, 2014
  9. Politicker NJ, "Burlington GOP Screening Committee backs MacArthur for CD3 seat," accessed April 7, 2014
  10. Cinnaminson Patch, "Candidate Tom MacArthur Announces Supporters for Third Congressional District Election," accessed April 15, 2014
  11. On Politics, "N.J. Rep. Runyan taps MacArthur as GOP successor," accessed May 16, 2014
  12. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "MacArthur Wins Backing of U.S. Chamber of Commerce," accessed May 16, 2014
  13. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "Congressman Jim Saxton Endorses Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
  14. Tom MacArthur for Congress, "Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr. Endorses Tom MacArthur," accessed May 26, 2014
  15. Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, "2014 PA and NJ Contested Primary Endorsements," accessed June 2, 2014
  16. YouTube, "Liberal MacArthur," accessed April 15, 2014
  17. YouTube, "Shameful," accessed April 15, 2014
  18. YouTube, "Wildfire," accessed May 23, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur Summary Reports," accessed April 16, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Tom MacArthur April Quarterly," accessed April 16, 2014